Reviews and Problems with Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8
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An affordable benchmark lens
B. Maestas, Amazon
15 October 2014
Summary: I love this lens. This is one of the first good Nikkor lenses I bought back in the '90s and I still have it and use it every day. Although I use it on F, F2, FM and F4s bodies, I mainly use it on a Sony NEX-7 and NEX-5. I do a lot of product photography with this lens and with the APS-C sensor I get more working distance which is actually preferable. I also shoot a lot of food with this lens. It's devilishly sharp and well-saturated.
Summary: Purchased second hand. Manual focus. Crisp images. Pleasing background blurring at wider apertures. At narrow apertures, the 7 blades are readily apparent on blurred circular highlights. There might be some scratches on the glass. I'll need to shoot more at various apertures with bland background. With the close up shooting I've been doing, only once or twice have I seen something that looks suspicious.
Excerpt: I was able to take a few shots with this lens before I had to return it. The sharpness and micro detail for this focal length was astounding. For some reason the aperture could not be adjusted from the camera. I bought it for this reason since I already own a 55mm 3.5 micro AI. The 2.8 AI-s is even a little sharper. I have never had a problem with a Nikon lens in 30 years so I was surprised. I will order another one.
Summary: My favorite lens is the buttery smooth 55 2.8 f.2.8. A bit short for hardcore macro work, but my Mamiya 120 f4 does the trick for that. The 55mm works when things are tight. Brings clarity in the fog of night, turns smiles into sunshine. Its crisp, clean, and just the right length for portraiture.